Resolution J136-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid Health Month in the State of New York

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid Health Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are set aside to increase awareness of  issues  that  affect
the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  to  proclaim  January  2013  as  Thyroid
Health Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Disease affect thousands of indi-
viduals each year; and
  WHEREAS, About 56,460 new cases of Thyroid Cancer  appear  each  year;
43,210  appear  in women, and 13,250 in men; nearly 2 out of 3 cases are
found in patients under the age of 55; and
  WHEREAS, About 1,780 deaths from Thyroid Cancer occur each year in the
United States alone; and
  WHEREAS, Often, Thyroid Cancer appears as a small lump or swelling  on
the  front of the neck, called nodules; other symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
can include hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, an enlarged neck node  or
a persistent cough; and
  WHEREAS,  Of  the four types of Thyroid Cancer (papillary, follicular,
medullary and anaplastic), papillary carcinoma is the most common  type;
it  usually  grows slowly and is often curable; other, less common types
of Thyroid Cancer are more aggressive and can be fatal; and
  WHEREAS, Thyroid Disease occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't produce
the right amount of hormones needed by the body for regulation of  meta-
bolism and other functions; and
  WHEREAS, Depending on the severity, Thyroid Disease could be self-lim-
ited, treated with long term medication, or surgery; and
  WHEREAS,  Women are five to eight times more likely to develop Thyroid
Disease than men; and
  WHEREAS, Persons who are predisposed to Thyroid Disease include  those
with  a personal or family history, current or former smokers, and those
with iodine deficiencies; and
  WHEREAS, It is  estimated  that  27  million  Americans  have  Thyroid
Disease, but more than half remain undiagnosed; and
  WHEREAS,  If  untreated  it  can cause elevated cholesterol levels and
subsequent heart disease, infertility,  muscle  weakness,  osteoporosis,
and in extreme cases coma or death; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this health issue, and more must be done to  increase  activity  at  the
local,  state  and  national  levels  to  improve  health and healthcare
outcomes for those affected by Thyroid Cancer and Disease;  now,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid
Health Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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